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Burnley vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Turf Moor

Saturday 3rd November 2012

3pm

The Dyche Plan to Keep Wolves at Bay?

New gaffer Sean Dyche will be in charge of his first game this Saturday hoping to keep the visitors, Wolves at bay and get his new career at Turf Moor off to a flying start!

The Pre-amble:

Clarets fans will be able to get a glance of their new manager in action on Saturday following the appointment of Sean Dyche on Tuesday. Burnley face a tough game at home against 8th placed Wolves this Saturday and they will be keen to get back to winning ways after the embarrassing 4-0 defeat in the Cardiff City Stadium last Saturday. Dyche saw that defensive horror show before officially becoming manager and one can only guess what is going through his mind ahead of the game as he seeks to plug the leakiness in the back four. Burnley now have the worst defensive record in the Championship with 29 goals conceded in 13 games and if it wasn`t for our goal-scoring ability at the other end we would be struggling in the bottom three. It so happens leading goal-scorer, Charlie Austin in particular has kept out goal difference respectable (now minus 3) with the Clarets now in 14th spot remarkably still only five points behind the current sixth placed club, Hull City but also worryingly only five points clear of the drop zone.

Wolves, relegated from the Premier League last season, are now beginning to show their mettle and are currently just one point from the play-offs positions with 21 points from 13 games. Stale Solbakken`s men have slightly struggled though recently only picking up two points from their last two games both at home and losing the previous match away to Huddersfield. Wolves have however won five and drawn two of their last nine games so will be a threat on Saturday.

Burnley Team News:

Ben Mee returns from a one-match suspension after missing the Cardiff game. Marvin Bartley has been sidelined recently and news is awaited regarding his groin injury. Ross Wallace was rated 50:50 for the Cardiff game after pulling up in the warm-up session with a hamstring strain in the previous game at Ashton Gate. In the end he didn`t make it but will be hopeful for a return against Wolves.

Player to watch: Danny Ings

Back to full fitness following his torn cartilage ordeal, Danny Ings might benefit by being given a start in partnership with Austin upfront. He was beginning to look an effective striker before injury struck and a return to that goal-scoring form could benefit the team and relieve some of the pressure on Charlie Austin. Austin looks increasingly isolated and frustrated alone up front and a partnership with Ings could benefit both players. Danny Ings scored a hat-trick in Burnley Development Squad's 8-2 thrashing of Barrow in midweek so now could be a good time to risk starting him up front in the first team.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team News:

Midfielders, Razak Boukari (calf) and Slawomir Peszko (knee ligaments) face a possible six weeks out of action after picking up injuries in Wolves recent games against Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace.

Stephen Hunt will also be sidelined for much longer following an operation due to repair a damaged hip.

Goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessey is close to making a full recovery from the cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered in last season`s Premier League game away to Sunderland last April. He is already playing for the reserves but still looks unlikely to dislodge current in-form keeper, Carl Ikeme.

Player to watch: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Ebanks-Blake is currently Wolves leading goal-scorer with six goals so far this season. The striker signed from Plymouth in January 2008, on a four-and-a-half year contract and since his time at Molineux, the 26 year old has netted 52 times in 150 appearances.

Team & Tactics:

Bearing in mind Dyche saw the debacle against Cardiff City last Saturday; it will be interesting to see if he wants to make an early statement and change the team, formation and/or tactics or whether he will stick with basically the same eighteen until he becomes fully familiar with his squad and players. Basically the same eighteen had been effective and confident in the previous two games so perhaps they deserve another chance. Ben Mee will now be available after returning from a one-match suspension for picking up five yellow cards and he looks likely to replace Joseph Mills at left back with the on-loan Reading defender returning to the bench. Could David Edgar also be set for a return following yet another disappointing defensive performance last Saturday? Jason Shackell was our worst defender in the 4-0 drubbing in the Cardiff City Stadium but it seems unlikely Dyche would drop his captain. Michael Duff though might lose out.

On home soil, a 4-4-2 formation might be more appropriate and perhaps it`s time to try Danny Ings up front in partnership with Charlie Austin. Junior Stanislas could be in danger of losing his place after a lacklustre and ineffective performance against Cardiff although to be honest both wingers struggled to make any headway with Pato playing out wide also failing to impress. If Dyche is thinking of making changes, I would predict his eighteen might look something like this assuming Wallace is fit:

Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Edgar, Mee, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Stewart, Ings, Austin

Subs: Jensen, Duff, Mills, Stock, Stanislas, Paterson, Vokes

Ref Watch:

West Yorkshire referee, Mark Haywood gets this clash. Remarkably last season he did not show one red card in his 42 games in charge and only flashed a yellow card a modest 102 times. He seems to be continuing in a similar vein this season with 20 yellows from 10 games and still no sending-off! Haywood`s last game in charge of a match involving the Clarets was last season in our 2-2 home draw against West Ham back in March this year.

Match Prediction:

It would be good for the new manager to get off to a winning start and it will be interesting to see how he approaches the game bearing in mind the horror show against Cardiff City before he came on board. He saw that game so one can only guess what is going through his mind especially as he tries to get to grips with our woeful defence. Is the game winnable? Yes, of course, we just need to find that confidence we had under Pashley in the last two games before the disaster in Wales. Buoyed hopefully by a bigger crowd attracted by seeing our new manager in action, we can cheer on the lads to victory so I will go with a 2-1 Clarets win.

Next Match:

We are back at Turf Moor on Tuesday night (November 6th Kick-Off 7:45pm) for a high-profile game against Yorkshire rivals, Leeds United. The following Saturday we travel to Portman Rd for a game against current bottom club, Ipswich Town (November 10th Kick-Off 3pm)




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 1 2012

Time: 12:11PM

Your Comments

So what do you reckon? Will Dyche make some instant radical changes to team or will it be more of the same until he can fully assess his options and get to know his squad?
turfmanphil
I would hope he talks to Pash about the Blackpool game formation and why it worked. I would be happy with 4 5 1 against Wolves.
VinRogue
I think it woud be wrong to be radical this soon. Fine tuning first as more discipline, hard work and tactics may well do the trick as we do seem very close to being a good side at times. Looking forward to the next two matches, which could be crucial to our season.
cornwallclaret
It would be great if we won Wolves and then Leeds. It often happens when a new manager comes in that the team Goes on a winning spree.
grimsby claret
I will be interested to see if Ings is called up to the starting squad after that treble in the development squad game. Also wondering how Treacy will fit into Dyche's plans. I dont think there will be too many changes, I'm sure the team will put in a good performance though.
AdamBurnleyFan
I have strong feeling it will be a draw on Saturday. Four points from the next two with a win against Leeds would be fine by me. Looking forward to the game immensely, a lot more with Sean in charge than Mick McCarthy if Im honest.
cubanclaret
Ime exited about Dyche. on another note Racism i dont understand we are all Gods creation human beings what ever colour universal human beings. man has created the stupid racism problem, my best friends throughout school where either indiand jamacans my best christian friend is a jamacan. at school there was always banter amongst us, they used to call me milky bar kid i called them other things all inocent. i suggest if it is malicious then there is need for correction. what is suggest is we get over ourselvs and lighten up
Albmaleaf claret
More team news-BURNLEY:Wallace and Bartley have returned to the first-team group following respective hamstring and groin problems, and the duo face late fitness tests. WOLVES: Wayne Hennessey made his second reserve appearance since his comeback from a long-term knee injury in midweek but the goalkeeper will enjoy one more outing for the second string before being considered for first-team duty. Slawomir Peszko (knee), Razak Boukari (calf), Stephen Hunt (hip), George Elokobi (ankle), Jamie O'Hara (hernia) and Steven Mouyokolo (knee) all remain sidelined.
turfmanphil
Edgar starts in mid-field in place of McCann who has picked up an injury, Wallace and Mee also get recalls for new manager Sean Dyche. Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Duff, Mee, Stock, Edgar, Marney, Paterson, Austin, Wallace. Subs: Long, Vokes, Stewart, Stanislas, Lafferty, Ings, Jensen. Wolves: Ikeme, Henry, Ebanks-Blake, Sako, Ward, Johnson, Berra, Pennant, Doumbia, Doyle, Foley. Subs: Edwards, Stearman, Sigurdarson, Batth, Davis, Forde, De Vries.
8clarets8
Mee on to Paterson GOAL!!!! Burnley 1-0 Wolves...get in!!
8clarets8
Half-time: Burnley 1-0 Wolves
8clarets8
Charlie Austin get in Burnley 2-0 Wolves
8clarets8
Ings on for Wallace.
8clarets8
Stanislas on for Marney
8clarets8
Full-time: Burnley 2-0 Wolves a great start for new gaffer Sean Dyche :)
8clarets8
Well impressed with Sean Dyche today, watching him in the technical area! Animated and passionate, just what we need!! Great start! Interesting tactics!! Get in! Match Report to follow!
turfmanphil
Great win great start for Sean. Bring on Leeds we are overdue giving them a thrashing.
grimsby claret
Better manager all round. than eddie howe top 6 by end of november
Albmaleaf claret
 

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